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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,699Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 58

$1.74M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 58

1,207 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older

1% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

5% of this provider’s 1,207 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

2% of this provider’s 1,009 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 1,207 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 40%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.1M

2012

$1.25M

2013

$1.51M

2014

$1.74M

2015

Number of Claims

20,944

2012

21,338

2013

21,986

2014

23,699

2015

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

4,851

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

4,109

prescriptions.

644

patients, 53% of all patients

10 1 1
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,895

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,688

prescriptions.

306

patients, 25% of all patients

10 2 6
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,361

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,140

prescriptions.

263

patients, 22% of all patients

3 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,161

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,011

prescriptions.

242

patients, 20% of all patients

4 4
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,055

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

907

prescriptions.

222

patients, 18% of all patients

5 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

969

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

814

prescriptions.

223

patients, 18% of all patients

6 5
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

832

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

627

prescriptions.

149

patients, 12% of all patients

7 14
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 643

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

553

prescriptions.

117

patients, 10% of all patients

10 8 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

558

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

489

prescriptions.

108

patients, 9% of all patients

9 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

557

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

504

prescriptions.

113

patients, 9% of all patients

10 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

374

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

74

patients, 6% of all patients

11 9
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

336

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

12 57
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

324

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

69

patients, 6% of all patients

13 29
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

321

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

83

patients, 7% of all patients

14 11
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure after a heart attack. Source: National Library of Medicine

319

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

15 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

303

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

70

patients, 6% of all patients

16 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

294

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

17 19
ONGLYZA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

288

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

10 18 38
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

282

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

64

patients, 5% of all patients

19 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

268

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

20 12
ACARBOSE 246

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

21 91
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

22 18
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

23 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

24 27
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

25 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

26 16
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

27 33
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

Used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

28 22
HUMULIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

29 17
GLYSET 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

10 30 111
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

31 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

32 50
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

33 26
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

34 15
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

35 20
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

36 41
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

37 32
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

38 47
JENTADUETO 99

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

39 60
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

40 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

41 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

42 40
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

43 48
KOMBIGLYZE XR 89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

44 37
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

45 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

45 83
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

47 24
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

48 54
JANUMET XR

This combination is used to... +

This combination is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

49 49
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

50 56
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

51 43
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (change of life; end of menstrual periods). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

51 39
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

53 72
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

54 64
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

55 53
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

56 35
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 57 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

58 68
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.